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World first as meteorite captured crashing into Moon during rare lunar eclipse

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Kristine Garrett | 25 January, 2019, 16:02

Such a scene has been long-sought by astronomers, but proved elusive until now, even with the frequency of lunar eclipses. Clear skies gave us a great view of a Total Lunar Eclipse and a Supermoon, A.K.A a Wolf Blood Moon.

A blood moon is another name given to a total lunar eclipse, which happens when the Earth moves in between the sun and the moon.

This image from video provided by Griffith Observatory shows an impact flash on the moon during the lunar eclipse. Our planet casts its shadow on the moon, blocking out the sun's light. The telescopes used by MIDAS have high-sensitivity video cameras that are used to continuously record events during observations.

The brief blast may have eluded most viewers at the time it happened, but we can now look back through the footage and spot the shining moment when a meteoroid landed during an epic eclipse.

Perhaps because the impact occurred in a darker region of the lunar surface, the bright flash was caught by other observers too, and speculatively posted to Reddit before Madiedo's confirmation came on Monday.

'The fact that it was visible from Morocco and California as well as my location in the northeast United States would seem to rule out something like a straight-on meteor in the Earth's atmosphere (although I did see a shooting star right near the moon a bit before I saw the flash)'.

He doubled the amount of telescopes looking toward the moon, in hopes to see this kind of event unfold.

'Could this have been a meteor impact on the moon?' one person wrote. "I did not want to miss any potential impact event", he explained in an email.

The astrophysicist tells New Scientist that he estimates the size of the meteorite to be about that of a football and the weight to be about 2 kilograms (4.4lbs).

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